This fresh & colorful BBQ Chickpea Salad is a big flavor party! It's tossed with a homemade avocado ranch dressing, and then topped with tender, warm chickpeas simmered in BBQ sauce. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
I was inspired to make a vegan version of the classic "BBQ Chicken Salad" because the flavor combination is so amazing, and after a bit of testing, I feel like I struck pure salad gold.
This is such a tasty, satisfying dish that's also great for busy weeknights, take-along lunches, meal prep, etc.
This salad is easy to assemble, but is also packed with flavor. First, the fresh & colorful chopped salad is tossed with a homemade vegan ranch dressing (or simply use your own favorite ranch dressing). Then it's topped off with tender, warm chickpeas simmered in BBQ sauce.
We usually have a little dressing left over but that's a huge bonus because I love using it on other salads or as a veggie dip.
BBQ Chickpea Salad with Avocado Ranch
For the Salad:
- 15 oz. can chickpeas
- 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 large head romaine
- 1 cup corn (I thaw frozen corn)
- 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2-3 green onions
For the Avocado Ranch:
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup almond or soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
- 1/2 tsp. dried dill
- 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- Salt to taste
- Optional: fresh chives are wonderful as well
- Make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, simmer chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Feel free to add a splash of vegetable broth or water to help slightly thin if desired.)
- Meanwhile, chop the romaine, tomatoes, and green onion. Place in a bowl. Add corn and carrots. Toss to combine.
- When ready to assemble, distribute the salad into bowls, toss with desired amount of dressing, and top with BBQ chickpeas.
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